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Date: Friday, June 1, 2001
Release #184-01

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Weekend Rally to Show Support for Israel and Call for End of Terrorism

Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani today joined Rabbi Avi Weiss and Jewish religious and community leaders to announce the Solidarity Rally for Israel to be held this coming Sunday in front of the Israeli Consulate. Mayor Giuliani will attend the rally, along with thousands of New Yorkers, to show support for the State of Israel and to call for an end to the wave of terrorism that has swept through Israel.

Also joining the Mayor to announce the rally were Rabbi Bruce Block, Rabbi Neil J. Borovitz, Rabbi Bruce Ginsburg, Rabbi Shmuel Goldin and Rabbi Harlan Wechsler.

"The epidemic of terrorism that has plagued Israel over the last several months should serve as a painful reminder to all New Yorkers that Israel needs our strong support," the Mayor said. "We must stand together in opposition to those who wish Israel harm and who are willing to use brutality to further their goals and to derail the quest for peace. The Solidarity Rally provides an opportunity for New Yorkers to raise our voices in support of Israel, to renounce terrorism, and to remember those who have fallen victim to the senseless violence."

Rabbi Avi Weiss said, "We deeply appreciate Mayor Giuliani's encouragement of all New Yorkers to participate in this Solidarity Rally for Israel. At a time when Jews are being murdered in Israel only because they are Jews, at a time when American citizens are the victims of Arab terror, as the United States government stands by, we are grateful to the Mayor for his voice of moral conscience and his firm stand behind the people of Israel."

The rally will take place on Sunday, June 3 at 11 AM in front of the Israeli Consulate, Second Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Streets. An ad hoc committee of rabbis from every part of the Jewish spectrum initiated the rally. The UJA/Federation of New York, regional Federation chapters throughout the tri-state area, synagogues and other community organizations are co-sponsors and will bus in their members to the rally.